John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. Harwood hosts the CNBC Digital original video series "Speakeasy with John Harwood."
Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post.
While still in high school, he began his journalism career as a copy boy at The Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joined The St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. While covering national politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covered deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.
In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administration of the George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he became The Wall Street Journal's Political Editor and chief political correspondent.
While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote the newspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as Chief Washington Correspondent.
In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on "NBC Nightly News" and PBS' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last eight presidential elections.
Follow John Harwood on Twitter @johnjharwood.
Donald Trump stuck with the raw-edged approach that won him the nomination. Will it win him the White House?
CNBC's John Harwood reports on the final night of the Republican National Convention where Donald Trump formally accepted the GOP presidential nomination.
Donald Trump walks through the stage as he prepares for his speech tonight. Discussing what to expect from Trump tonight at the RNC with CNBC's Brian Sullivan, Michelle Caruso Cabrera, Kelly Evans, Carl Quintanilla and John Harwood.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton took time out at the convention to talk with CNBC's John Harwood about the GOP, Trump and his ambitions.
Trump sets conditions for defending NATO allies. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, John Harwood and Sara Fagen discuss what to expect from Donald Trump's speech tonight at the RNC.
After three days of a convention gone wrong, Donald Trump has one more more chance before a HUGE national audience.
Republican senator Tom Cotton met with CNBC's John Harwood in the hallway at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) discusses Trump's nomination, tax reform and more.
Melania Trump had read Michelle Trump's 2008 speech out loud to Meredith McIver, and McIver had written them down without attributing quotation and put them in the speech, reports CNBC's John Harwood.
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